T-Mobile added the Samsung Galaxy W to its lineup last fall, releasing the phone as the Samsung Exhibit II 4G. While far from a high-end phone even at the time of its release, the cheap $200 no-contract price made it a nice alternative for users who wanted something a little more affordable than the Galaxy S II. Now T-Mobile has a new update ready to head out to the Exhibit II 4G, set to begin OTA distribution tomorrow. While the Android 2.3.6 update is largely accompanied by a collection of minor tweaks, the release notes on T-Mobile’s site reveal one very unusual change: the update will mark the Exhibit II 4G changing its name to the Galaxy Exhibit 4G.
We realize it’s a bit of an academic distinction, and the change will likely have little impact on the carrier’s relationship with the phone and how it’s sold, but we’re very curious what would motivate T-Mobile to make a change like this seven months after the smartphone’s initial release.
What’s going to make this so confusing is that, a few months prior to releasing the Exhibit II 4G, T-Mobile got the first Exhibit 4G. After this change goes through, that will leave the carrier with both the Samsung Exhibit 4G and Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G.
The carrier no longer appears to be selling the original Exhibit 4G, which may have factored into this decision, but that similarity is just asking to cause headaches for users who already own the handset and turn to T-Mobile for support. Why not just leave well enough alone?